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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 5:53pm (Jan 23rd 2012)
     
    Give 'em a scraper each - that's what child labour is for!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 6:47pm (Jan 23rd 2012)
     
    I spoke too soon about having power..it didn't last, we lost it again a few hours later, when a big wind storm came through. There are still over 100 thousand people in the dark and cold this morning. :face-sad:
    We are supposed to get yet another wind storm tomorrow. At least the power crews that they brought in from other states, will still be here, so maybe it won't take as long to get the power back on this time. The crew that fixed our line out in street were from Idaho, we even have a couple of crews here from Canada.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2012 10:25pm (Jan 23rd 2012)
     
    Its good that they're getting crews in to help Lynn, I hope it gets sorted quickly and you can get power soon.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2012 7:07pm (Jan 24th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: went to Leeds today for the first time since moving to Yorkshire! We took a friend too and got a 24 box of Millie's Cookies to eat (I'd just like to say Millie's Cookies used to be my favouritest thing on Earth, and I hadn't had them for six years!!), then we went to Sushi which was funny because we were all vegetarians, but there was plenty we could eat.

    I got my first non-vegan chocolate from Hotel Chocolat, some cookies 'n' cream truffles, a really thick slab of half white and half milk chocolate, and some Christmas dinner turkey shaped chocolates too! After we'd spent all day eating we pretty much came straight back aha. Our friend came to see the rats and then took Kasper out for a walk with us.
    We're having veggie steak for tea too, it's my first ever steak! :)

    And we got an order from Kasper's Kitchen to the other side of the country so we are going to try packaging the treats vacuum sealed to send off!! It will be exciting if it works, and we've told the person if it in any way ruins the product we will send them more for free XD
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2012 10:21pm (Jan 24th 2012)
     
    I LURVE Millies muffins, but the shop in our shopping centre doesn't have many of them any more. :face-sad: Danny is a cookie monster though and will devour a box of 24 in no time. Bet there aren't many of yours left either Red!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2012 6:47am (Jan 25th 2012)
     
    The best..our power stayed on while the wind storm went through here..woo hoo..and now we are having a "Chinook Wind" blowing..it was 40 degrees a couple of hours ago..now with the Chinook wind it's up to 50 at almost 11 o'clock at night and all the ice is melting..I'll be able to finish cleaning up the mess in the back, where all the limbs are stuck in the ground with ice tomorrow. I'm sick of looking like a war zone around here.:woohoo::yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2012 11:09pm (Jan 26th 2012)
     
    That's great news Lynn!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2012 6:15pm (Jan 27th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we are registered volunteers at - wait for it! - a cat rehoming centre! :shocked: :laugh: I really wanted either a dog place or a dog, cat and other animal place like when we helped with the cats at Animal Care...but the closest place to here (the others are all 15+ miles away) only has cats *sigh* :rolling:

    As well as cat cuddling and cleaning we will be doing site maintenance, photography and video'ing the cats too :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2012 11:26pm (Jan 27th 2012)
     
    OMG!!! The cat hater is going to be working with them?! You know they will all 'know' that you don't like them so will make an extra special effort to be all over you at all times!!! We're like volunteer-twins now! Hope you're going to post bits about the cats and what you have to do - will be good to compare notes and see what you think of your place. Is it a CP one?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2012 10:02am (Jan 28th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebOMG!!! The cat hater is going to be working with them?! You know they will all 'know' that you don't like them so will make an extra special effort to be all over you at all times!!!


    And then take a chunk out of me when I am most unawares, I lost count of how many times that happened!! At least I never had one hanging off my arm by its' claws *cough* Lyle *cough*... :rolling:

    Nah it's just a little independent cat rehoming centre. We're going to look around and be trained early next week.

    We wanted to work at a guinea pig rescue around here too (anything but cats!! ;) ) but it's just family run from their home so they don't need volunteers.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2012 11:56pm (Jan 29th 2012)
     
    Maybe the cats will show you that they're not all bad!!

    8 cats were collected in the space of 2 hours on Saturday (that's a lot, honest!) which meant they could take another lot in. One of those is my friend's cat. She's emigrating to Canada. They got their papers 18 months ago and as the cat is 10 they were told it wasn't a good idea to subject him to a long flight, so reluctantly they found him a new home to go to when they were ready to leave. It's taken over 12 months to sell their house, but they accepted an offer just before christmas and then the woman they'd found to take him said she wasn't well enough. She asked me to take him but I can't, and told her to put his name down. I told her he'd be fine - we take good care of them and they only go to good homes, plus I can reassure her when he does find a home. Just one more reason why a cat can end up with us.

    We had some very sad news. Ringo (who I am sure I mentioned before) was a fantastic kitten who spent a long time in isolation with his siblings because of ringworm. Everyone adored him - he was friendly, funny, and had the funniest run we'd ever seen! He went to a lovely home, but it seems that not long after they took him he started to go blind, then had some other problems, and has died. The vet thinks it was neurological, which would explain his funny run, but it is just so so sad. The family could've returned him to rehoming so they didn't have the vet costs but they stuck with him and did their best. They've chosen another very young cat to keep Ringo's sibling company (who they had at the same time).

    Next week there will be another 2 volunteers - girls doing their Duke of Edinburgh. Its a bit odd because previously they turned Becky (who has been doing Saturdays with me since March) down because they said they had too many volunteers already. Most we've ever had before was 3, then it grew to 4, currently it's 5, this will make 7. I have no idea what we're all going to do. They always look to me to find work but I'm running out of ideas!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2012 12:06am (Jan 30th 2012)
     
    Forgot to add that I have a new favourite - Gizzy. She's tabby and white (nearly all my favourites are!) and about 14 years old. Lovely girl!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2012 6:06pm (Jan 31st 2012)
     
    My best, yesterday though, as I only got back on line today.
    While waiting to go down to op' theatre I saw, not one but two Goldfinches.
    Never seen any before. I understand they are becoming more common by occupying the niche of another small bird that is reducing in numbers.
    Cheared me up no end.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2012 9:58pm (Jan 31st 2012)
     
    I don't think I'd know one if I saw one! Will have to go google it now for a picture!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 3:36pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     
    I got it wrong - it's a goldcrest.
    So pretty and tiny.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 4:53pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They are cute! I like the yellow stripe :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 4:58pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     
    The goldcrest is the smallest British bird - smaller than the wren; you were lucky to see one, Ollie!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 10:14pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     
    Ollie I googled the Goldcrest..what a lovely little bird. Our smallest bird around here is a Gold Crown Kinglet or a Hummingbird..I always love it when they show up..they don't stay here year round however.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 10:24pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     
    What a beautiful little thing!! Never seen one of those.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2012 6:09pm (Feb 3rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Kasper's harness finally arrived w00p! And we remembered to buy some smoked cheese and it is gorgeous...tastes of bonfire :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 3:00pm (Feb 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: snoooooooooooooooooooooooow!!! Ahahahaheeheehee :crazy:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 7:12pm (Feb 4th 2012)
     
    I'm happy for you that you finally got your SNOW Red. So how is Kasper's harness working out??? Does he like it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 9:41pm (Feb 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He has done SO well with it. He was really iffy at first with it going over his head and under him, but he's not phased by that at all anymore - oops, still need to get Lyle to try it with him! He does sometimes automatically lift up his paws to put it on though, as his last harness was a step-in one haha!! :smile:

    He seems to like it; he gets excited about putting it on and walks well on it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2012 11:27pm (Feb 4th 2012)
     
    Well, there were 7 volunteers at the rehoming centre today, plus the paid staff (one was on leave, one was off sick). Me and Becky did the admissions corridor - it seemed to take us ages because we had to change our protective clothing between each pen (apron, gloves, armlets). I don't know why it took us longer, all we could think was that it was the concentration to remember each time, and the fact that they were all new cats to us so we had a great time fussing them all!

    My friend's cat is there and he is really lovely. A semi-longhaired dark tabby, very handsome and loved to be held. I don't think he's settled in at all and is one of those cats that really needs to go to a home quickly. I have a new favourite - Clive. He is a 10 year old ragdoll or birman, not sure, taken in as a 'stray'. He is covered in matts of fur poor thing but is so loving and friendly. He was demanding attention the whole time I was cleaning him out. Also did Eddie who had been on rehoming - he's a ginger and white boy with an inner ear problem that gives him a big head tilt. He kept leaning on me and again was relishing the attention.

    I showed a lovely man and his mom 2 young cats, one he'd reserved and the one in the pen next door but one. Darcy had been reserved but that'd been taken off, and now he wasn't sure whether to have Darcy instead of Cassy, his reserve. He spent ages meeting them, and holding them, etc, and in the end decided to take both. Two lucky cats because he and his mom were just lovely!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2012 10:22pm (Feb 5th 2012)
     
    I am getting to look forward to your weekly reports
    Kate.
    Your love and enthusiasm comes pouring off the words.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2012 11:19pm (Feb 5th 2012)
     
    Thank you Ollie! One thing I did forget to mention - the old cat, Ada, that had come back to rehoming has been rehomed! It was near enough 12 months to the week that she'd come back so I am very pleased for her. The sad thing is that the person who took her was debating whether to have her or Suzie Q who is diabetic and constantly overlooked. I think she is becoming increasingly stressed by being in a pen and I've had to stop Caitlyn stroking her when she visits just incase she decides to swipe, something she never used to do.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2012 4:13pm (Feb 6th 2012)
     
    God, Kate, it makes me wish I had acres and acres of land and heated houses for them all...:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2012 11:34pm (Feb 6th 2012)
     
    Likewise, which is why I like to post when some of the ones that have caught my eye go to new homes. It's all the better when it's a difficult to home cat. Sometimes I really struggle with not crying when I see them, but I'm managing to find the positives and remembering that they are at least cared for and not dumped/abused/euthanised for no reason.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2012 11:34pm (Feb 12th 2012)
     
    The best news yesterday was that Susie Q has finally been rehomed! She was diabetic and had been at rehoming for such a long time - nearly a year I think. I am so pleased for her. A lovely family came in and chose 3 cats - 2 are siblings and the third was Daisy, the 3 legged cat. She can be a bit nippy but I told the dad that and he found out first hand but didn't mind at all. They were concerned that they might fail a home visit because they have a hawthorn hedge rather than a fence as their border at the front of the house between them and the road, but their previous cats lived to 18 so can't be that much of a problem. Another couple came in who've had 3 cats from the centre over a period of about 6 years and each one has been run over!

    There are quite a few 4 to 8 month old cats in at the moment. I assume it is from people taking in kittens and then either getting fed up of them, them growing and losing their cuteness, or developing habits like clawing the curtains!

    Emily is a lovely tortie and white girl; Bruno is a big black boy who I adore; Vincent is another black boy with a bent ear but also very sweet. I was trying to work out who is the longest stayer. I think it is either Patch, and FIV shy boy (who's got fat!), Chloe, or Whitney, both white with tabby ears but not related. There has been a lot of rehoming in January (as Alison the deputy manager said there would be) which is excellent news!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2012 6:10am (Feb 14th 2012)
     
    Kate, it's wonderful that so many of the kitties have found new forever homes.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2012 11:20pm (Feb 19th 2012)
     
    My friend's cat has been reserved - by a local nursing home! They have also reserved Gizzy (another favourite of mine). I thought it was the one local to work but it isn't, however the nurses I work with go in there every now and then and will be able to see how he's getting on. I had a lovely cuddle with him too. Maybe I should've taken him, but too late now.

    There was another volunteer arrived on Saturday who we haven't seen for about 5 months! She's been on remand up north (oo er!) That'll make 8 volunteer on a Saturday morning. It was quite lucky that the 2 girls who'd been away with their schools this week didn't come, and Jan was having her hair done! I left the 2 new girls, the 'returner' and Milly to do the homing corridor and I went to start the yellow. Then Milly came and helped me out and we had quite a good chat (she's usually very shy and quiet). 2 of the regular staff were on leave so it was just as well there were a few of us!

    Lots of cats had been reserved, and there were a few empty pens on the admissions corridor. There are a couple of pregnant cats in the maternity section too. The manager has said if I catch Kitten and Lola she will find space for them and do a spey and return on Kitten and rehome Lola. I need to have a word with the neighbour at the end of the row to see if Lola and Kitten spend time there and see if she's OK with it. I can always get a return on Lola too if needs be. If I can get them both at the same time they can go in a pen together which will be less stressful too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2012 4:35pm (Feb 20th 2012)
     
    Fingers crossed, Kate!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2012 5:51pm (Feb 21st 2012)
     
    I met a piano-playing cat called Fergus today; if he plays 2 notes on the piano he gets a sweetie - splendid!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2012 10:42pm (Feb 21st 2012)
     
    Its going to be darn hard to catch the kitten - there always seems to be another cat around so getting her in the trap will be very hard. Meow Meow is there most mornings, and this evening the neighbour's cat wouldn't leave them alone and kept trying to get into the house. I feel like time is against me, otherwise I could build up some trust first but rehoming won't be empty(ish) for long!

    Fergus sounds fantastic! My cats have no such talent!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2012 4:54pm (Feb 22nd 2012)
     
    Fergus' mum did an Animal Behaviour section to her degree and was required to train an animal to do something. Now he's a bit of a nightmare, roaring up if anyone passes the piano and strutting his stuff! She's hoping to teach him to do 3 notes. He's the most beautiful red persian (think ginger cat with face that looks as though he chases stationary cars).
    Good luck with cat-catching, cherub!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2012 11:00pm (Feb 22nd 2012)
     
    Not over keen on persians myself, but the manager at rehoming adores them!

    Kitten was sitting in my hall tonight, and then rolling around and playing on the piece of carpet we use as a doormat (it was a temporary fix 4 years ago and still survives!!!) Thing is, I don't want to catch her at night because she'd have to stay in the trap and that'd be cruel. I feel cruel just thinking about catching her.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2012 4:52pm (Feb 23rd 2012)
     
    But cruel to be kind; not as cruel as letting her get pregnant time and time again...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2012 11:29pm (Feb 24th 2012)
     
    Yes, very true. I know how distressed she'll be when she's trapped and just need to keep the "it's the best thing for her' thought to the front of my mind.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2012 11:05pm (Feb 29th 2012)
     
    I forgot to do a rehoming update this week! The best news was that Whitney, who has been there for a really long time, has gone. So has Penny who came in with Candy who bullied her terribly. They separated them in the end and Penny (who had lived outside because of Candy) stayed in her pen and got a home.

    I was down admissions corridor again so it's hard to think who else was missing, and I got really confused at one point because I thought they'd moved all the cats around but realised the ones that'd been moved to homing from admissions were on the opposite side to what I'd expected (if that makes sense!)

    One sad thing. Jessica, the almost blind cat who came in with her sister who was then found to have a tumour and died, has been returned after being homed. The reason? Wait for it ... she kept walking into things. [sigh] What is wrong with people? The poor cat is really confused about everything - she'd have been better off to have stayed in the centre rather than go and be brought back.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2012 11:18pm (Feb 29th 2012)
     
    I don't know if I should put this here as I'm really in conflict about it, but I caught Kitten this morning and took her and Lola to rehoming. I feel so bad, and yes, I know it was the right thing! The manager gave me a stern talking to about how long I've been there and how I know they'll be looked after, and its the best thing for them and all that.

    Then she took me to see one of the new admissions. "This" she said "is what having litter after litter does to them" and opened the door on a really pitiful dark grey and white girl. She was so lovely, but absolute skin and bone, her fur was thinning, her eyes were dull, and yet she was still loving. I looked at her age - 10 months. Terrible. "This is what those girls would end up looking like" she said, and I started to cry! What a wimp! Then she felt guilty for making me cry but I said no it was a good thing and had given me a kick to realise I have done the right thing. I'm missing them though and feel like I've given MY cats away!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2012 4:01pm (Mar 1st 2012)
     
    That was a tough lesson with a tough tutor but she certainly got the point across!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2012 5:37pm (Mar 1st 2012)
     
    Yes, well done Kate, you did exactly the right thing. Far kinder than letting them end up like those poor worn-out cats.
    How's the hip, Ollie? Are you getting around all right?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 10:45am (Mar 2nd 2012)
     
    Hip gradually getting stronger, concentrating on more of the exercises now to tune it in. Taking short walks round the block (hilly).
    I had not expected to be so handicapped and it's come as a bit of a shock.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 6:20pm (Mar 2nd 2012)
     
    You're a strong-willed person, Ollie - you can do it, we're all egging (arf arf) you on. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 11:40pm (Mar 2nd 2012)
     
    Keep going Ollie! I am told it does get better, it just takes time and patience. Good to hear you're getting out and about. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 7:44pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     
    Ollie, I'm glad to hear you are getting better..I too was hoping that your recovery would go faster, but I guess it takes more time to get the new hip working right. You are my hero, Ollie..don't give up!:bighug:


    Posted By: ollie in UKI had not expected to be so handicapped and it's come as a bit of a shock.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2012 11:56pm (Mar 5th 2012)
     
    I hadn't posted a rehoming update this week because I was feeling a bit 'weird' about it. I love going there, but there seemed to be a bit of an atmosphere this week which was really strange. No one else seemed to notice so it must've been me!

    Jessica has gone to another home! A student in a flat has taken her on so hopefully this will be a forever home for her. The sad news is that my friend's cat, Jake, is no longer reserved. Apparently they just changed their minds, so he is now on the homing corridor. It's a shame when that happens because who knows how many other chances at a home have been missed because someone was reserving him and then just didn't bother. He really is a wonderful boy so hopefully he'll have a home soon.

    Lola and Kitten (who they have as Kitty - must have words!) looked a little more settled. Lola came to me for some attention. One of the staff said "that Kitten is positively evil!" because she flies at the side meshing and heads for the ceiling every time someone goes into the run. Saying that, when I took Caitlyn to see them Kitten stayed in the bed while Lola came for fuss. We didn't try to fuss Kitten and just spoke to her, but I think she'll be coming back to live on the street here as it'd take a very long time for her to be approachable, and there's no room in the feral hut. I think they'll try for a home for Lola though.

    Here, the newest stray, Meow Meow, spent all day today (I had the day off) either meowing at my back doors or having attention from me! He is a lovely sweet boy - why do they all turn up here?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2012 5:26pm (Mar 6th 2012)
     
    Because, much as the tramps used to put a mark on the gatepost of kind people so other tramps knew to call there, your gatepost has 'Cat fan!!!' on it in Cat...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2012 8:11pm (Mar 6th 2012)
     
    Hubby reckons I'm no.1 on the cats 'sucker' list! Meow Meow was still outside when eldest came home at midnight, but haven't seen him at all today. Maybe he has got a home and has been grounded for being out all night!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2012 9:58pm (Mar 6th 2012)
     
    Kate, you are just a "cat magnet"...my Mom was a cat magnet too..she attracted every stray in town.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2012 6:22pm (Mar 7th 2012)
     
    'Cat magnet' is what we call the fan heater in our house. If you turn it on, it sucks the cat clean off the sofa.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2012 11:38pm (Mar 7th 2012)
     
    That's a packet of Felix in our house. My 2 usually have dry food so if they hear me open a sachet they're straight there begging for a bit!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2012 11:07pm (Mar 10th 2012)
     
    Jake, my friend's cat, has gone! He was rehomed on Wednesday so I'm really pleased that he's in a new home so quickly. There is a HUGE cat in admissions - Billy Bob - who has apparently been there before. He is perfectly proportioned but just really big - head, legs, tail, the lot! Very friendly too, a lovely boy.

    I helped a couple decide on a very cute kitten (she did a good job of selling herself - sat at the fencing with her paws on the bottom rung and her chin on the rung above giving it the Puss in Boots wide-eyed look! She's only 5 weeks though so they've got to wait a couple of weeks.

    Lola is looking tubby. I pointed out to one of the staff how big her belly had got over the past week. She needs to be neutered very soon otherwise they're going to have yet another litter to rehome. Kitten is still hissing and spitting, but does stay in the pen when I fuss Lola. They have signs all over their pen saying "feral" and "nervous" so I think staff are assuming its both of them and not giving Lola much fuss. She looks sad and wasn't her usual fussy self.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2012 11:22pm (Mar 10th 2012) edited
     
    I hope Lola isn't going to have more kittens already, Kate..the poor little thing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2012 3:17pm (Mar 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor Lola - do they have a board or something where you could add a note specifying that Lola is friendly?

    We had a little dog at Stoke rescue called Billy Bob...an old woman came to see if she wanted to adopt him and he bit her!! :rolling: Thankfully the rescue was no-kill and he was still much loved and waiting for a home when we moved :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2012 12:14am (Mar 12th 2012)
     
    I assume you meant isn't Lynn?! I was pretty sure she would be pregnant as she'd been pursued by the local 'tom' population for several weeks, that was part of the incentive for getting her in there. I did tell them when I took her in she was most likely pregnant. I looked back at the posting for when Kitten was hiding in the car engine and it was 6 months ago. I hope they can spay her before its too late, but at least this time they would be handled and homeable, unlike Kitten.

    The public don't actually see them at the mo, so I'll ask the manager on Saturday if I can do that. Every cat has a print out next to their pen so I don't see why not - good idea!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2012 12:23am (Mar 12th 2012)
     
    We've had such a busy day today! Hubby scrubbed the garden bench, and then scrubbed the patio with soapy water and a stiff broom (they're sandstone slabs so we can't use a jet wash as it'll strip them!) I emptied out Caitlyn's sand and water pit that was rank! The water was smelly and the sand growing who know's what. Took ages but is now clean and ready for new sand. Then I oiled the garden bench and it looks lovely!

    Meow Meow spent the day with us too and at one point fell asleep on the sofa. When it got colder I had to close the door but he wasn't bothered at all. He went out for an hour then followed hubby back in and slept on the floor for a while. I felt so guilty having to send him out, but he might have a home that's worried about him (though seeing him eat I doubt it). Can't decide if he's lost, abandoned, or left home of his own free will, but I think he'd love to move in here ... and I'd love to have him.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2012 4:28pm (Mar 12th 2012)
     
    What does Foggy think of him? Now you've got your garden shipshape, Kate, just pop down here and sort mine, would you? :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2012 11:33pm (Mar 12th 2012)
     
    Not sure - she hasn't been as aggressive towards him as I'd expect her to be, but then I have intervened each time he's gone towards her. She wouldn't walk past him, but Emmett happily lay down just a couple of feet away and completely ignored him!

    Only saw him once today - he arrived as I was going out, so I put him some food, but he was gone when I got back 2 hours later. I really do think he comes for the company!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2012 7:09pm (Mar 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    this was yesterday's best that I forgot to add!

    There are some kids that cycle on the cul-de-sac circle of houses just down our road. They've been playing out since the weather has been getting warmer. Three times now they've knocked on our door and run away, but they're really bad at it because we always know it's them, especially because we have a small window in our door!

    The first time they did it, we hid around a corner until they came out of their hiding spots and confronted them. They apologised lots and said they meant to knock on next door's door. Fair enough because their little girl goes to the same school and our doors are very similar.

    However then it happened twice more. So we went around to their house, which sent them all running inside and hiding, and asked to speak to their mother :face-devil-grin: It was brilliant as the brats had obviously told her that they'd knocked on our door accidentally to cover their tracks, and when she said it was just an accident we explained it had happened several times and they hid every time. She apologised profusely and said it wouldn't happen again.

    As we walked away we heard the mother sounding very angry and the kid/s crying :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2012 9:52am (Mar 17th 2012)
     
    They sound like bored children.
    How about getting them interested in your menagerie? Educational, and all that.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2012 11:56am (Mar 17th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was the older girls telling the smaller one to do it apparently, because she wouldn't get into as much trouble. So I'm glad they all got into a lot of trouble and won't be doing it again! :face-devil-grin:

    Haha, I guess they were. Don't know why, imagine not being able to think up anything to do with your friends! When we were young, me and my cousin used to build birds' nests and hedgehog houses and get annoyed when they didn't use them haha. When we were older me and my friends would walk to the woods / moors or go blackberrying and stuff. We used to make our own horror movies too, now they were hilarious!! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2012 10:39pm (Mar 17th 2012)
     
    Red said "me and my friends would walk to the woods / moors or go blackberrying and stuff."

    Red, you're talking as if you are old!!!

    Pleased you were/are able to make your own entertainment and not moan at the authorities for not providing youth groups etc.,
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2012 10:55pm (Mar 17th 2012)
     
    Well done - good to hear someone actually told their kids off for doing something annoying to other people!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2012 1:03pm (Mar 18th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, I'm not their age anymore :P

    I can't imagine being a kid and not being able to entertain yourselves with harmless fun...I just don't see the fun in knocking on someone's door, aggravating the people who live there and upsetting the dog!

    I went to a youth group once and thought it was RUBBISH! I'm an advocate for kids making their own fun using their imaginations...recycling can be turned into tanks, bricks can make hedgehog houses, a garden becomes a jungle...maybe it's because I was an only child or maybe it's because I entertained T&J as kids, but I've never had a problem entertaining myself.

    Posted By: KatebWell done - good to hear someone actually told their kids off for doing something annoying to other people!!


    Glad to have nipped it in the bud - the chavs who knocked on our door in the last place were bloody annoying, and very good at hiding so we could never sort it out!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2012 11:24pm (Mar 19th 2012)
     
    I had the same conversation with someone at work last week - about kids not being able to entertain themselves. They expect the local council / gov't to pay for schemes and GIVE them things to do. I used to love riding my bike, walking the dog, playing board games, climbing trees, playing in the park ... all things they could do now but are classed as 'boring'.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2012 5:41pm (Mar 20th 2012) edited
     
    One of my customers was furious; her son brought a kid home from school who got 'bored'. 'FIFTEEN ACRES OF APPLE TREES AND HE'S BORED!!!' she shrieked.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2012 11:21pm (Mar 20th 2012)
     
    Scrumping!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 1:42pm (Mar 21st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we have our washing machine plumbed in, woo! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 6:04pm (Mar 21st 2012)
     
    That's a relief - how have you managed?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 6:29pm (Mar 21st 2012)
     
    Posted By: Redbest: we have our washing machine plumbed in, woo!


    That's wonderful, Red..it's so much better to NOT have to go somewhere else to do your laundry.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 8:03pm (Mar 21st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenThat's a relief - how have you managed?


    With great difficulty haha! We used our friends' washer a few times and they leant us a key...my parents did did some for us which was just weird...but we mostly hand washed all our clothes, which took ages! And then they were sopping wet and we only have an electric fire to dry them with so that took yonks haha :tooth:
    Two batches down already!! :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 11:00am (Mar 22nd 2012)
     
    I can fully sympathise with the hand washing taking so long.
    I hand washed for us and three small children (+nappies) for some years until a friend gave me her "Tub and Posser" which was heaven!!!
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 10:20pm (Mar 22nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh, horrible, I don't envy you there...we had to use cold water for hand washing and it really hurt my hands as it was so cold (middle of winter I suppose :P ), they didn't half ache for ages afterwards!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2012 11:41pm (Mar 22nd 2012)
     
    I had to handwash for the first 4 years of so of being married, and as hubby was unemployed when Danny was born he had terry nappies (and he left some disgusting deposits in them!!!) I used to have to go the launderette, then my neighbour borrowed my stepladder and lent me her spinner, and we were each happier with the 'new' item so kept them that way! I miss that spinner - clothes came out almost dry, though the washing and rinsing was the pits.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2012 5:56pm (Mar 23rd 2012)
     
    Which makes sense of my childcare advice; dress 'em in a bin bag secured around the neck with sellotape, then empty it and hose the child down once a day...:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2012 11:19am (Mar 25th 2012)
     
    ha ha ha brilliant CC:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2012 7:49pm (Mar 25th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we caught our local village ice cream van - and Lyle got a 99 FOR 50P!!!! :bigsmile:

    Wowowowowow! When were they last that cheep?! We shared it because we only had 90p as we were on a dog walk, and it was yummy! My first one :smile: and it was proper size and had chocolate sprinkles and cherry sauce and everything.

    In fact, proof:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2012 6:52pm (Mar 26th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we have a holiday booked! :yay_jump:

    We haven't had one just us since we got Kasper! We're staying in a tiny village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, so there'll be plenty of things to see and do. As Kasper will probably need to stay on-lead for walks we've booked a little cottage with a garden so he gets some off-lead playtime too...I can't wait :smile:

    Got a really cheap last minute deal too and will be going in a few weeks, yay!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2012 11:04pm (Mar 26th 2012)
     
    Lola has now been neutered, but I don't think Kitten has - I couldn't see properly and there's no way she'd let me look!

    The 2 'polish' boys were rehomed on Saturday. (They previously had Polish owners and have Polish names) to a lovely man who was looking for one female to replace his cat that he'd just lost! We are all very pleased for them. Also, Patch who has been at the centre for 15 months (he has FIV and spends most of his time outside) has finally been reserved too.

    I helped 2 families choose their cats and then Danny brought the grandkids to pick me up. Shaun had a lovely time (he adores cats!) and fell in love with a 14 year old tabby called Tom (actually, it fell in love with him and loved having a stroke off him!)

    Kitten season is just starting too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 5:44pm (Mar 27th 2012)
     
    I thought FIVs couldn't go outside?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 11:23pm (Mar 27th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha we went to the pub quiz and came in last by 18 points :rolling: We won a can of kidney beans to celebrate!! The quiz master apologised and said that the questions were geared towards 'slightly older' people haha so most went straight over our heads...our team was named the Young Uns :rofl:

    It was great fun though!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2012 9:43am (Mar 28th 2012)
     
    Great prize!!
    Ten out of ten to the organisers for coming up with that idea.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2012 5:45pm (Mar 28th 2012)
     
    What better prize for a pair of veggies? Perfect! :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2012 11:58am (Mar 30th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was very amusing - we didn't get them though because we'd been shopping and bought three tins already, so someone else had them :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2012 8:11pm (Apr 3rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Kasper is doing really well with his new trick! Sometimes his willingness and intelligence really astounds me :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2012 9:51pm (Apr 3rd 2012)
     
    My Best of Today...
    Have had a bit of a setback in that my knee started to object strongly, to presumably taking the work off my hip' It was more painful than the hip had been at any point.
    Struggled on for a few days thinking it would settle but had to call doc and get some pain killers. Paracetamols had been fine up to now, when needed.
    These new ones have done the trick nicely.
    Thank you Mr Doc.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2012 11:05pm (Apr 3rd 2012)
     
    Sorry you had a set back Ollie - it's always been a dilemma amongst orthopaedic surgeons about whether hip/knee pain is caused by the hip or the knee as they do work in tandem and 'cover' for each other when one is getting bad. Glad the new drugs have done the job!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2012 5:55pm (Apr 4th 2012)
     
    Keep going Ollie - we're all behind you! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2012 6:50pm (Apr 7th 2012)
     
    Today's best; watching 4 red kites feeding in Mum's back garden.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 5:46pm (Apr 8th 2012)
     
    Gosh CC, that's amazing!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 5:54pm (Apr 8th 2012)
     
    I finally brought Kitten back from the rehoming centre yesterday. They had wanted me to bring Lola (her mom) back too but I said they'd agreed to rehome her. They said they would 'assess' her and give it a couple of weeks, and if she didn't go then she'd have to come back here.

    A bit later on a man brought in a cat and 4 kittens that he said he'd found in his garage that day, yet he told one of the other assistants he'd been getting up early to feed them - people always slip up when they lie. The mom was lovely - definitely a pet cat, probably theirs and now they're fed up of the kittens running over the house. Anyway, the manager said that it was 'cats like that' that were a priority for them to home. Why? Surely a stray cat is as entitled to be rehomed as a pet cat that's been dumped there? Maybe I should've waited until Lola had had another litter then took her down - perhaps she'd have been 'important' then too. (I'm a bit annoyed about it!) Sometimes it feels like we (the volunteers) are in the way and they wouldn't care if we didn't turn up again. I'm sure she wouldn't miss us. The staff appreciate our help (I think) and we try to be useful but maybe some are better thought of than others. The girls that volunteer are fantastic and work really hard - they've renewed my faith in today's teenage population.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 6:10pm (Apr 8th 2012)
     
    Hmm, that should've been on the 'rant' thread shouldn't it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 6:28pm (Apr 8th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow I can't believe there not trying to rehome Lola, or at least aren't willing to keep her very long! Why's that?! She's friendly towards humans isn't she? So surely it's better to get her a good, dedicated and loving home rather than turfing her back out on the street...?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 10:29am (Apr 9th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best(s): we shuffled all the furniture around upstairs, and the house looks so much bigger now! :smile: The hallway looks twice as wide and is a lot lighter as we moved the wardrobe into my bedroom and the chest of drawers into the hall, and we spun our double bed around and shuffled it against the wall and now the bedroom is twice as big as before! :smile:

    I love shuffling furniture around to see what differences it makes...the landscape of our house is constantly changing!
    And, secondly, it's less than a week to our holiday! We're both stupidly excited :crazy:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 5:01pm (Apr 9th 2012)
     
    Yes Red, that was my thinking too. She is sociable, and if she isn't as sociable as she was, it's because she hasn't had any attention in the pen because they had them marked up as feral.

    Many years ago I moved the furniture around in our living room, swapping the 3 seat sofa with the chair (we didn't have much stuff!) Hubby came home and said "what've you done? Move it back" and I've never bothered since!!

    My best friend's house was different every time I visited. Not so much now that she works.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 10:09pm (Apr 9th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebYes Red, that was my thinking too. She is sociable, and if she isn't as sociable as she was, it's because she hasn't had any attention in the pen because they had them marked up as feral.


    That is too sad :(

    Haha, Lyle accepts my shuffling - although gets fed up when he gets roped in to help lug furniture! :tooth:

    I shuffled all the living room around today and it looks much bigger and tidier now too...that's all the rooms meddled with! :bigsmile:

    best: I got my new Ipod speakers today! It's nice to be able to listen to music when tidying and exercising again (I didn't have an Ipod charger without them!) and they look cool too...they're called the Ladybug because they look like a ladybird and the 'wings' close up too ^__^
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2012 11:13pm (Apr 16th 2012)
     
    I forgot to post that Kitten has settled back into her old life as if she was never away! She arrives outside my house sometime between 6 and 7am. She will come inside the hall and roll around on the mat. She rubs up against the door and the wall and, if short leg Tom is around, him too, but if I try to touch her she gives a short sharp phfst! Maybe one day.

    On Saturday they were 2 members of staff down, so we cleaned both corridors, homing and admissions, washed litter trays and re-filled them, but it meant no time for cat cuddling this week! Lola is now on the homing corridor, but she wouldn't come in to the pen for me to stroke her, preferring to sit at the top of her steps. Someone was interested in her on Easter MOnday when they had an open day, but don't know if they've been back for her. She hadn't been reserved. Fingers crossed.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2012 2:28pm (Apr 29th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: yesterday I rescued a bike from the bottom of the waterfall. Someone had sent it down the falls so it was beached in the middle of the current on the rocks at the bottom. I like collecting things I find, so this was a challenge I couldn't resist! :smile:

    I had to climb down a cliff to get it, battle my way *through* a holly bush, wade into the middle of the fast-moving river, lift the bike and haul it back to the shore, and then drag it up the almost vertical cliff! Then I had to pull it up the muddy path and get it over a style - thankfully Lyle was back at that point to help! :bigsmile:

    It's an Apollo bike, so not the best haha, but I like it! I've given it a wipe...amazingly the wheels are fine, nothing is bent out of shape, it has a few deep scratches but so would I if I went down Goit Stock's waterfall!! The back brake works, one set of gears work, the chain was broken (Lyle has managed to fix this now!) and Lyle just has the front brake to dismember and possibly refit...it's our new project! :tooth:
      bike.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2012 3:59pm (Apr 29th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Woohoo Lyle has fixed the brake too, and the steering!! :smile:

    The bike is use-able now, I just need to buy some allen keys so we can lower the seat. At the moment it's at the right height for Lyle but reaches my ribs haha, but I'm used to riding tall bikes anyway so I think we can reach a happy medium :001_smile:

    It's a really cool looking bike, I don't care that it's not the best. it was a rescue bike...definitely worth risking life and limb for :rolling: